Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What's the point of the Texas Worlds?
A: To have some fun and support the folk art we chose to be involved with and support fish decoy carving and carving competition and have some fun, and build a representative collection of what the guys that make the folk art are carving now. (and to have some fun.)
Q: What happens to the fish?
A: They'll be kept on display privately and when I'm done with them they'll be donated back to an institution in Minnesota that will display them or sell them and use the proceeds to promote the folk art of fish decoy and lure carving or the preservation of nature for fishermen.
Q: What's the connection with The Gathering and the Jensen Nationals?
A: We're kind of a sideshow. The Gathering is just that. Minnesota's spearing fraternity comes out and everyone is invited and a good time is had by all. The Jensen National Fish Decoy Carving Championship is held and the Show is unrivaled for quality and quantity of fish. Doug Davis started his fish fry in 2001 and in that spirit I thought it would be cool to have a contest going informally among that group. Rod Osvold gave us permission to do it at the Perham show. And ended up setting us up to make it work. We had a great time and everybody saw that the other events had a synergy that made each event better. So we're did it again. With more prizes. It worked great! And so we did it again in 2004 and again it really went over well. In 2005 we upped the top prize to $1000.00 to attract World class realistic entries and that worked. The top 25 fish are truly world class realistic fish decoys, absolutely remarkable. And now it has become an annual contest that I hope to continue into the future.
Thanks again to all that enter and participate each year, Bryan.
The NEW 2014 rules are up. Please enter,
"I'm pretty sure you're going to win."